Open Position as Postdoctoral fellow in the field of clinical and translational medicine informatics in Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

Within the University, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is a highly interdisciplinary research centre (IC), integrating experimental biology and computational biology approaches in order to develop the foundation of a future predictive, preventive and personalized medicine.

As a pioneer in its field, the LCSB develops many research and research-supporting applications in-house. They are looking for an experienced postdoc to work with central as well as federated data management solutions, implementation of bioinformatic/medical informatics analysis algorithms, and GUI design for a recently funded Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) project – ‘European Platform for Neurodegenerative Diseases (EPND)’. The overall objective of this project is to develop EPND as a European infrastructure facilitating access to biological samples and data in order to accelerate biomarker discovery and validation, and eventually support the development of therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Establish a network that provides central and federated access to high quality samples and data from many existing cohorts by combining existing data discovery and sharing initiatives made interoperable as part of the AD Workbench. In addition to enabling the sharing and access of data and samples, the platform will provide central and federated capabilities to ensure unified interpretation of biomarker data.

Your Role…
  • Deploy EPND data and analysis platform and manage the sample metadata and data in central as well as federated environment.
  • Setting up of an electronic data capture system to collect the clinical data
  • Pre-clinical, clinical, molecular and imaging data management, harmonization, integration and analysis.
  • Provide support for sample and data discovery and access.
  • Work closely with other team members (postdocs, developers and data scientists) on the design and implementation of statistical, ML/AI based data analysis workflows and visualization tools.
  • Retrieval and analysis of project specific data from public repositories and literature.
  • Bring new IT/bio-medical-informatics data analysis workflows and pipelines to the community.
What’s expected from you…
  • A PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics or related fields, with an interest in biomedical informatics and translational medicine.
  • Strong computer programming in Python, and/or R is required, additionally good knowledge of Shell, Linux platform, and JavaScript is an advantage.
  • Skills and working knowledge of RDBMS (PostgreSQL) is required, additionally experience of NoSQL and graph database technologies is an advantage.
  • Strong understanding and competency with APIs and data standards and representations such as JSON, DCAT.
  • Experience of source code control process using tools such as Git.
  • Understanding of microservice architectures & containerisation (Docker), and container orchestration technologies (Kubernetes) to facilitate federated analysis is an advantage.
  • Prior experience of building and operating a SaaS/PaaS platform in a public cloud environment (Azure, AWS etc.) is considered as an advantage.
  • Understanding of information security and best practices.
  • Good knowledge of statistical methods, ML/AI analysis of clinical data and its interpretation is an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs and to work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicating with other internal/external partners.
  • Prior experience dealing with pre-clinical, clinical, molecular and imaging data integration, and knowledge of neurogenerative diseases is considered as an advantage.
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal Title: Postdoctoral researcher/Research associate
  • Job Reference: UOL04310
How to apply…

Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A cover letter describing previous project experience (if any) and future interests
  • A description of name and addresses of three referees if available

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by the 31st of October 2021; however early submission is encouraged. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered; please apply ONLINE.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. They are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of their staff.

In return you will get…
  • A fully funded position with an inflation-adjusted competitive salary.
  • Modern and bright office rooms.
  • Modern and performant work equipment.
  • An environment in which continuous learning is actively encouraged and funded.
  • A modern infrastructure with state-of-the-art applications and technologies.
  • A real opportunity to create a positive impact on medical research and human betterment.
  • 32 days of annual leave and 40 hours of leave for personal reasons.
  • Compulsory social health insurance and private options at preferential rates.
  • Meal vouchers for use in restaurants and supermarkets.
  • Participate in the building of state-of-the-art translational medicine platform to support clinical projects from national, EU and beyond.
  • An opportunity to join the fast-growing Bioinformatics Core Facility group headed by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schneider in the newly created LCSB.
  • An exciting international environment.
Further information…

For further information, please contact: Dr. Venkata Satagopam (, Research Scientist, Bioinformatics Core Facility and Technical Coordinator of the ELIXIR-Luxembourg Node.

Online applications should be addressed to: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schneider, Head of the Bioinformatics Core Facility and Head of the ELIXIR-Luxembourg Node.